Del Water Gap | The Family Interviews


Meet S. Holden Jaffe

Break out your sepia-toned filters, it’s time to meet Del Water Gap! No not, the river thing — though these tunes do flow very nicely. 

The project of Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter S. Holden Jaffe, his music is a beautiful blend of hard and soft, with lovely rhythms and steady hooks that keep your head bobbing and your heart happy. 

Below Jaffe gives insight into his greatest fear, his dream venue, and flexes his poetic prowess. Give it a read, get inspired, and go on your merry way. 


A ROUGH DAY A MAD-LIB By S. Holden Jaffe

It all started when I awoke with a ONEIRIC pain in my COLLAR BONE. Then, my PLUMBER was late. We got LAUNCHED into traffic THROUGH THIS LIFETIME AND THE NEXT, which made me VERDANT for my meeting with BOB BALABAN. I apologized JAUNTILY to him, which seemed to make things HAPPY again. But then the meeting turned into BUCKET HATS, with him SLEEPING and PEEPING. I SLEEPED when he PEEPED off. On the way home we passed a SNACK on a YUMMY SNACK. Suddenly the SNACK YUMMYED in the road and my PLUMBER had to SPOOK to avoid it. In the process, I was CACKLED at by a DOLPHIN, landing on the DOLPHIN’S NOSE. I was covered in MELTED GOLD from my TOOTH to my BABY TOOTH. Could this day get any more POUTY? My PLUMBER PITIED me back into the DOLPHIN and we made our way back to the GRASS. I went straight to MY TUB. I was SAD AS HECK!


Would you rather…

be a vampire cowboy in the old west or a werewolf knight in medieval times? Please tell us why. 

vampire cowboy because i love wearing bolos and blood doesn't scare me 


What is the thing you fear most?

future regret

What shoes do you wear the most often? Why?

my brown leather boots. they were the first piece of clothing i bought when i moved to new york. putting them on felt like suiting up into my new life here. 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

i am what i eat

If you could have a dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would it be? 

my grandpa, lidia yuknavitch, nusrat fateh ali khan 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

to forget anything

Could you write us a Haiku?

they say smoking kills

my baby said “just dont die”

bought me bubble pipe

What is your favorite album of all time? Why?

the smash mouth self titled record. it came out in 2001. its special to me because of the age that i was when i got into it . i was just getting good at dissecting music and the notion of a cohesive collection of songs what simply exhilarating to me.


What would be your dream venue to play? 

the globe theater


Is there a specific artist that has shaped your music? If so, why?

kurt vonnegut helped me develop a writing voice early on. he was the first author whose books i read one after another after other and so on. the idea that a writer could have a recognizable personality across a body of work was new to me and noticing it within vonnegut’s work gave me permission to be predictable within my own world.

Any final comments? (This is your electronic soapbox for one last answer.)

just out here trying to stay hydrated and be decent to other.

Sean Maldjian